Year of Living the Community: Week 24

Know Your Place

This week a video was making the SM rounds about new mapping of the universe with greater clarity about how superclusters of galaxies relate to one another. The Milky Way is located in a supercluster known as Laniakea ('immense heaven' in Hawaiian). 

Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole. Each particle is a microcosm, and faithfully renders the likeness of the world.
— Emerson, 'Nature'

These supercluster structures are incredibly beautiful and in this new mapping they bear a striking resemblance to nerve clusters in the human body. At one point in the video, two superclusters next to each other look like human lungs. This 'cosmic mirroring' deepens the sense of place and belonging that arises from knowing the universe story.

Far from being 'just' a speck, each of us carries the structure and process of the universe in our being.